Remember When: A Community Review
10 years ago: June 12, 1996
Storm pummels Tonganoxie: Those speculating that last Wednesday brought the first tornado that Tonganoxie has witnessed in 50 years are right about one thing -- a twister did touch down. J.W. Evans of Evans Real Estate said they received 341 claims by Monday. (A full page of pictures in the June 12, 1996, Mirror showed the damage sustained by many.)
Members of the Desperado Gang shoot it up at one of their performances during this year's Tonganoxie Days. Original gang member George Mills helped come up with Tongie Days in early years.
Tonganoxie Barbecue Cook-off grand champion Steve Smith of Smoke-A-Holics Unanimous Barbecue won $225. Event organizer Mike Kaiser is shown with Mr. Smith.
Birth: Jordan David Boudreaux was born June 3, 1996, to Julie D. Boudreaux of Tonganoxie.
Springdale Scene: Sharon Lynn called her sister Evelyn Schwinn Wednesday, to announce the birth of her grandson, Gregory James Garvey. Brenda and James Garvey Jr. are the proud parents.
Deaths: Frank P. Matus Sr., Basehor, died June 5, 1996. Agnes M. Shoemaker, 75, Tonganoxie, died June 5, 1996. John E. "Jack" North, Leavenworth, died June 4, 1996, at the age of 89.
Ruth and Clarence Norman of Eudora, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception/open house on Sunday, June 16, 1996, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Eudora City Hall. Their children will host the event.
25 years ago: June 10, 1981
The Tonganoxie City Council took action Monday night and awarded a contract to an Evansville, Ind., firm for the removal of the Tonganoxie downtown metal water tower. The firm, Service Enterprise Corp., bid $7,500 to remove the 50,000-gallon metal tank, which has been empty since 1974 when the city opened a new 500,000-gallon water storage facility. Mayor Lee Mark said the city will pay for the project out of its general fund. The city has made repeated attempts to have the tower removed, even offering it free to anyone who would haul it down and away. There were no takers.
Death: Lester Raymond Worley, Basehor, passed away June 3, 1981, at age 82 years.
Mrs. Dot Ward has been traveling around as a hostess for her travel agency, Maupintour Travel Agency, at Lawrence. She recently hosted a tour for travel agents to Europe where they visited Ireland, Scotland and England.
Mrs. Herbert (Hilda) Rawlings has received word of the death of her brother, Rev. Paul Younger, June the 2nd.
In our conversation with Mrs. Beryl Stoner she mentioned that they had 16 pairs of purple martins, and the little ones are hatching out. A real treat to watch, those birds.
50 years ago: June 28, 1956
Deaths: Dr. Mervin T. Sudler, of Lawrence, died Friday in his home, at the age of 80. Charles Derrell Luse, 74, Leavenworth, died Wednesday. Mrs. Mary Mabel Ridgway, 56, Lawrence, died Saturday morning at the home. Roy W. Murray, Leavenworth, died June 23, at his home at the age of 69.
Storm Damage to Wide Area. Telephone And Power Lines Blown Down Here. NO ONE IS INJURED. Mrs. L.C. Cox is Lifted Off The Ground With Yard Furniture. (Mrs. Cox suffered only minor injuries.)
The Mirror is proud to report for the first time in history we are required to print in excess of 1,300 copies of the paper. The advertising lineage for the first six months is by far the greatest in the history of the paper.
A report by Black and Veach, the engineering firm that built the present sewerage disposal plant, compares our plant with a model T, at least with a model T in good condition.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Grems of Kansas City, Kan., announce the birth of a daughter, Susan Renee, June 24, 1956.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Salmon have returned home from a vacation trip throughout Arkansas and Missouri. The trip this year did not include any fishing or boating, just traveling around and seeing the sights.
75 years ago: June 4, 1931
Pioneer Merchant Of Tonganoxie Dies. Frank Zoellner Died Here. Built Up Zoellner Mercantile Co. From Small Beginning. Mr. Zoellner was born Nov. 8, 1860, on a farm west of Leavenworth and died in Tonganoxie at 8:30 in the morning of May 30, 1931.
Another Tonganoxie couple reached their 50th milestone of wedded life last Sunday, May 31. They are Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Peters, who with their children enjoyed a picnic on that day.
The day when a 6-foot woman wrecked the bar of the Carey hotel in Wichita, Kan., is being recalled as Kansans prepare to mark the 20th anniversary of the death June 9, 1911, of Carry A. Nation. The wrecking of the Carey hotel bar December 27, 1900, officially opened the saloon-wrecking career of the militant prohibitionist. Christened Carrie, the daughter of George Moore, a wealthy Kentucky landowner, the death of her first husband from the effects of drink brought a "call from God" which started Mrs. Nation on a 10-year war on alcohol. Her efforts are generally considered one of the major factors that eventually brought about national prohibition.
Death: James Curry, whose death occurred in Leavenworth on May 27, was 52 years of age on June 16.
Harry Hoskins had his team suitably decorated for Memorial Day last Saturday, when each of his white horses wore a blanket of bunting, with flags gaily flying from various parts of the harness.
A cable from Budapest, Hungary, has been received by F.A. Goldman, of Oskaloosa, notifying him of the death of Mr. Goldman's nephew, Akos Goldman, who left this spring, after 10 years at Oskaloosa, to visit his family. The message stated that Akos was drowned while on an excursion on the Danube River, during a storm, and that his body had not been recovered.
100 years ago: June 14, 1906
Josie Alice Daugherty passed away June 9, 1906, at 2 a.m. She was born in Bidwell, Modoc County, California, April 7, 1893, making her 13 years, 2 months and 2 days of age.
Dr. Walters, of Leavenworth, came out Saturday night in his automobile.
Green Johnson, who was reported sick last week at the residence of Henry Baker, died Tuesday night of last week.
Basehor: Willie Carr who has been working the past year in a shoe factory in Jefferson City, Mo., is at home on a two weeks lay off.
Richard Protsch, the Lawrence tailor, was piloting a party around town in an automobile Tuesday.
Mrs. Henry Klinkenberg died at her home near Hoge, Monday morning, at 7 o'clock, at the age of 36 years. The deceased was formerly Miss Maggie Orr, and she had spent most of her lifetime in Leavenworth County. Besides the husband, she left two small children, a son 3 years of age, and an infant daughter, only a few hours old.